Rare Quahog Pearl Found in VA
Rare Quahog Pearl found in VA
NASSAWADOX, Va. -- A Virginia Beach woman is happy as a clam after finding a rare 4 1/2-carat lavender pearl in a littleneck purchased at the Great Machipongo Clam Shack in Nassawadox.
"I bit down on it and I pulled it out and said, 'Look at this,'" said Kathleen Morelli.
Billy Bowen of B&E Seafood in Willis Wharf, who has been in the clam-growing business for a quarter century, said he has never found a pearl in a clam grown through aquaculture like the one Morelli bit into.
The littleneck, grown in Hog Island Bay, likely was between 1 1/2 and 2 years old, he said.
"In the natural clams you could find them in there, about once a month you could find them. But in all my experience, I have never seen one to come out of an aquaculture clam – it's very rare," Bowen said.
The pearl's large size, found in such a small clam, makes it even more unusual.Read entire article here.